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31. "Privileged" Immunity

Privileged Immunity

 

A child in the womb carries foreign antigens from the father as well as immunologically compatible self-antigens from the mother.

One might expect this condition to trigger a graft rejection, but it does not because the uterus is an "immunologically privileged" site where immune responses are somehow subdued.

 

Source:

National Cancer Institute, USA.